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♪ we now know the cause of death of a former white house chef who was found dead in the new mexico wilderness. an autopsy has found that 61-year-old walter scheib drowned in a stream. it rules his death accidental and says there were no signs of foul play. his body was found sunday after a week long search. he led the white house kitchen for 11 years under presidents clinton and george w. bush. >> actor dick van patten who starred in the long running "eight is enough" has died in california. he debuted on broadway at age 7. the he appeared in movies, too. most people know him as tom bradford, the widower and father in the '70s show "eight is
enough." he died from complications from diabetes. he was 86. >> we have confirmation this morning that it was film composer james horner who died in the crash of a small plane on monday. >> he wrote some of hollywood's most powerful scores. abc's juju chang has our tribute. >> we're flying >> he wasn't a well-known face in hollywood but any movie lover could easily recognize his work. ♪ >> james horner the musician turned composer behind the iconic score of "titanic" and "avatar," the two highest grossing films in history. died piloting a small plane that crashed at the age of 61. he also scored classics like "field of dreams." "a beautiful mind," and "brave
heart." horner, the winner of two academy awards remembered across hollywood today. rob lowe tweeting he will live on through the ages. and celine deon the voice of one of his most famous paups songs "my heart will go on," tweeting we will miss him. juju chang abc news new york. >> he had just completed the scores for two unreleased films so far. 33 and southpaw a documentory called "living in the age of airplanes." >> his music will live on. ron howard called him a friend and colleague and saying he was a brilliant come bowser. a lot of people remembering him this morning and his music. >> so often they don't get the credit they deserve. they are the force behind some of these movies. music is so important. coming up tom brady taking it up with the boss man. >> he hopes nfl commissioner roger goodell goes easy on him for deflategate. details on his appeal next on "world news now."
the scandal known as deflategate landed tom brady a four-game suspension a tough punishment after brady just won the super bowl. >> the superstar quarterback is making his case to overturn the punishment or reduce it. david wright now with the details. >> here they are hugging in happier times. quarterback tom brady and nfl commissioner roger goodell. you'd better believe there was no hugging as the patriots' mvp arrived to nfl headquarters. young fans clamoring for an autograph but brady all business as he went in to appeal his four-game suspension for deflategate. at stake, his legacy as one of
the league's biggest stars, the judge and jury the same official who handed down the suspension nfl commissioner roger goodell. >> the most powerful man in all of sports versus the most popular player in all of football. tom brady. those twos men squaring off with their credibility be being called into question and their credibility on the line. >> brady has vowed to clear his name insisting there's no proof he personally broke nfl rules. the sports writers are calling this the super bowl of hearings. the line of scrimmage a conference room inside that building brady, goodell and a lineup of lawyers on both sides. no word when thael we'll hear a final decision. >> the nfl players association is calling for goodell to recuse himself saying there's no way he can be impartial this. >> i was on the espn campus and they're saying no doubt it will be awhile before there's a decision but likely before camp starts. >> fascinating >> not that far. >> coming up a former playboy
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pampers ♪ well, many of the best stories about the playboy mansion have been left untold for good reason probably but one former playmate is opening up. >> talking about holly madison, she's saying her life living at the iconic pleasure palace wasn't that glamorous. abc's nick watt sat down with her. >> the playboy mansion, if you watch the shows it's you'll about a list parties, beautiful women with hef at the helm. >> we see him as this old sexy crocodile. >> but this long-time girlfriend says he was a control freak. >> i really got in the way too
deep and really lost myself for a number of years. i definitely feel like i escaped from instinct. >> girlfriends had to be home by 9:00. hef would refer to himself in the third person as daddy. he would play the girls off against each other, no outside jobs allowed and the girlfriends wore matching flannel pink pajamas for sex sessions. holly was on girls next door with two other hef girlfriends. >> were all three of you sleeping with him? >> yeah i mean i don't really like to out the other girls or anything but he definitely didn't have any girlfriends he wasn't sleeping with. >> this is a direct quote from your book. repugnant bedtime routine. >> yes. >> i was just never into other girls in the bedroom. >> holly compares hef to an ancientent ruler with a harem but in 21st century los angeles. holly says now that she's made a name outside the mansion, a vegas show a turn on "dancing with the stars" that now it's
time to tell her version unfiltered. >> there's everything you wanted to know in my book and more that you didn't even want to. the we asked hef about her book and he told us i've had more than my fair share of romantic relationships with wonderful women. many moved on to live happy and productive lives and i'm pleased to say remain dear friends today. sadly, there are a few who have chosen to rewrite history in an attempt to stay in the spotlight. >> couldn't you just leave? >> i could have but i was scared to leave. >> you would have married him. >> yeah, i didn't feel like anybody else would want me. >> but they did, three years ago she met pasqual and now they have a little girl rainbow. nick watt abc news las vegas. >> cute little girl. >> yes, and who knew. all right. who wanted to know. i'm going to shower after all that. >> that's the news for this half hour. >> follow us on facebook.
this morning on "world news now," violent storms hitting the northeast after mother nature went on a warpath through the midwest. the widespread damage, power outages and heart ache. >> fathers' fears. the north carolina teen accuses of plotting an act of terrorism, his dad turned him in. >> i don't know if it's isis or what but i come home and he's destroying buddhas and figurines and burning stuff in the house. >> this is your son? >> yes. >> disturbing developments about the alleged terror plot and how the fbi took action. >> flag fury. the growing outcry over south carolina's state capitol confederate flag as new video of the church massacre suspect is released. the emotional scenes. >> and later getting pregnant. can special pills sold at the
drugstore improve your chances at parenthood? hear what fertility experts are saying about this innovation. it is wednesday, june 24th. captions paid for by abc, inc. from abc news this is "world news now." >> we say good morning to you on this wednesday. i'm kendis gibson in for t.j. holmes. >> i'm reena ninan. talk about the one-two punch in the most populated area in the midwest. first tornadoes and damaging storms. >> lightning flashed as those storms reached the east coast. fierce winds took down trees and power lines plunging 1myon people into the dark and killing a maryland woman whose car ran into a downed electric wire. with trab service suspended a day of clean-up before another round of bad weather. here's abc's alex perez. >> tens of millions of americans in the threat zone.
severe storms moving northeast, watches and warnings in effect from virginia to maine. >> crazy winds. they were coming straight down the street. >> we saw the top of the tree just fly past the fronts of our faces. >> there it is tornado right in front of us. >> it's the same system that spawned tornado terror across the heartland monday. at least six confirmed twisters touched down in the midwest. >> power lines going down. >> in illinois winds so strong utility poles and power lines waved like flags. in iowa giant silos dented trees uprooted and in michigan. >> goodwill store has collapse stockholder yes there was a family in there with some kids. >> an ef-1 tornado tossed a semi truck into a goodwill store. thankfully everyone inside rescued. by morning, this is what the city of portland michigan looked like roofs ripped off, some homes just torn party. a scene repeated in coal city, illinois. >> just cars upside down.
trees on houses. >> many residents had just minutes to hide. >> the alarm sirens went off. all the glass just exploded like a big vacuum and our ears popped and boom into entire blocks destroyed. entire lifetimes of memories lost some for the second time. another tornado hit coal city less than two years ago. >> you just don't think it's going to happen twice. i feel like we need to move. seriously. >> alex perez, abc news coal city illinois. >> it appears illinois and a big area of the midwest can't get eight break today. >> after this powerful rounds of storms moves out, another round is moving in. accuweather's molly cochran continues our coverage. good morning. >> thanks kendis and reena. here we go again in the chicago area. we saw severe weather just the other night and beare in the threat zone for wednesday. isolated tornados damaging winds and flash flooding some of the main impacts. sioux falls and also des moines
included in the threat zone, as well. as we look at the southeast, we continue to feel the heat for wednesday afternoon. we do have heat advisories continuing to remain in effect. so be careful if you're head the outdoors. kendis and reenna back to you. >> thank you. the white house is announcing a major change in its policy today toward families whose loved ones are being held hostage. some of those parents like the parents of james foley complained that they felt neglected under the new policy families would not face prosecution for trying privately to negotiatate a ransom. >> we also wanted to improve the process of communicating with families who have loved ones who are going through this terrible situation. >> the u.s. policy against negotiating with terrorists remains in effect. now to the latest case of homegrown terror. a 19-year-old from north carolina is in custody accused of planning a violent attack on u.s. soil.
inspired by isis. he was caught in a sting operation after his own dad tipped off the fbi. more now from abc's pierre thomas. >> the fbi says justin sullivan is an isis supporter who was plotting mass murder including killing his own parents. sullivan's father outside court struggling to understand. >> did you know any of this was going on? >> no. >> but it was his emotional 911 call that set this months long investigation in motion. >> i don't know if it's isis or what but i come home and he's destroying buddhas and figure evens and burning stuff in the house. >> this is your son? >> yes. >> then the son can be heard in the background. >> why are you trying to -- you're going to throw me in jail. >> according to the fbi, justin sullivan laid out a chilling plot to kill as many as 1,000 people, first using an assault rifle at a bar or concert, then graduating to a bomb in a u haul. >> justin sullivan allegedly
told the fbi after his arrest it was all just talk. he's the sixth had isis sympathizer arrested here in the last week alone as the fbi continues a nationwide sweep before the july 4th holiday. pierre thomas abc news, washington. >> expected it to be an emotional day in a boston courtroom as dzhokhar tsarnaev is sentenced to death. more than 20 survivors of the marathon bombings and family members of his victims are expected to give victim impact statements. tsarnaev will be given the opportunity to speak though it's not known if heal. >> new details in the search for those missing prisoners in upstate new york. authorities say they figured out how the killers managed to get some of the tools they used to escape. as elizabeth hur reports, there's no video of one escapee. >> ricky is a freaking crazy are maniac. >> this is richard matt in the 1997. >> we're going to dip these in aids blood and and we'll put a
patent on them and sell them as a deadly weapon. >> this is just nine months before he killed his former boss landing him in prison for 25 years to life. recapturing matt and fellow convicted killer david sweat is paramount for prosecutors. and while the search remains focused around a hunting shack about 20 miles from the new york prison 56 dna tests confirmed the convicts were inside as recently as there past weekend, authorities are revealing how prison worker joyce mitchell allegedly helped the fugitives escape and what corrections officer gene palmer told investigators. >> joyce mitchell advised us she has taken the hacksaw blades some of the other tools, the screwdriver bit, placed them into hamburger and then put it into a refrigerator and gene palmer has confirmed that he had
taken the meat out of the tailor shop and brought it in and given it to matt. >> mr. palmer did deliver the hamburger meat but he did not know that the hamburger meat had contraband on the inside of it. >> according to palmer's lawyer palmer chose to talk with police to help with the investigation and has not been charged with any wrongdoing. prosecutors in the meantime say their work is continuing. elizabeth hur, abc news new york. >> still continues to get strange. thank you. more retailers, politicians and everyday americans are taking sides in the battle over the confederate flag. south carolina lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to begin debate on removing the flag from their state house grounds. it is pushing lawmakers to call for the confederate symbol to be taken off specialty license plates. am son, ebay and sears joining walmart in fulling products featuring the flag, as well.
the country is getting another look of the man accused of opening fire on the church. police released dashcam video of dylann roof's arrest. you can see officers with guns drawn approaching his car. roof is then frisked, handcuffed and led away. they say a glock semi-automatic handgun was found in his truck. >> the head of a federal personnel agency says a major cyberattack was not their fault. the hackers used the credentials can of a employee to hack the system. the hackers got the personnel records of millions of government employees. >> four of the five quintuplets born in houston this spring are spending the night at home. only ava remained in the hospital yesterday when the others were discharged. the bus by babies are the first all girl quintuplets ever born in the u.s. and the first anywhere in nearly 50 years.
they were born april 18th. ava is expected to remain in the hospital for another week or so. they're adorable. it's something of a mystery? storen new jersey that centers on this manmade lake and what fisherman pulled out of it. >> when the guy caught ta fish he thought it was a piranha, but then he and his family did some research. and they found out it's actually what's called a paku. >> it's related to the piranha but its teeth aren't sharp. child life experts say that foreign fish like this one make it into unfamiliar waters because people buy them as pets and release them when he this he get too big. >> the teach look like human teeth. it has like an invis i line on the bottom. it's kind of weird. >> so apparently swimmers in that lake just not so good for them. despite the teeth. >> even if it isn't a piranha, you mute want to run. >> exactly. >> or swim. whatever you do.
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. there you have it a volcano in western mexico sending ash and steam into the air. the ca lima volcano phone as the fire volcano, one of the most active in mexico. no impact on nearby cities. ca lima is about 400 miles west of mexico city. >> that ruptured oil pipeline along the california coast proving to be a major problem for exxonmobil. more than 100,000 gallons of oil polluting about 100 miles of coastline and killing at least 300 animals. exxonmobil announced yesterday it was forced to halt operations at three offshore plat fors because it couldn't deliver oil to refineries. no impact expected on oil prices. >> the fbi has doubled the reward for information about a series of shootings in northern colorado. $20,000 now being offered. >> and investigators have gone
publicing with what could be a significant link in the case. abc's clayton sandell with the story. >> two shootings on the same night now connected by one mysterious truck. >> the pickup is one color, faded orange and has black primer on the driver's side body. >> investigators believe this '70s era pickup was first involved in a shooting in love land colorado no one was hurt but later that night another. 65-year-old william ca know shot and killed only blocks from his home. >> there's a male lying on the sidewalk not breathing. >> a task force including the fbi is now hunting for clues that may connect the loveland shootings to others. april 22nd cory survives a gunshot wound to the neck driving interstate 25. may 18th cyclist john ja kobe is shot twice and dies in the town of wind door. >> no indication of a direct link between those two and the
two incidents in loveland. >> that is why investigators need the public's help and upped the reward to $20,000 hoping for that one tip that breaks the case. clayton sandell, abc news, loveland colorado. >> reminiscent of the sniper shootings in washington, d.c. >> i was thinking about that. what a scary time it was in washington. >> absolutely scary time and a scary time, as well in colorado because for this particular one, it wasn't immediately clear they're linked together and still not. but quite a frightening pattern there. >> they say there is a camera at one of the shooting locations but investigators not talking whether or not they have pulled the video. i imagine they would have. but also the fact these shootings took place within 15 miles of each other. >> our affiliate kmgh says there are cameras posted all over. we'll see what they find out about that. >> coming up a promising option for couples trying to conceive.
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♪ welcome back. time for "the mix" now. so there's a port-a-potty the big music festival the governor's ball right here in new york city. the port-a-potty turned into port a party. take a look. >> port a party. >> oh, my gosh. ♪ ♪ glory, glow, hallelujah. >> here comes the gospel music. this is a prank video from improve everywhere. they shocked visitor who's had to go and then the bands came rolling out in the next one after this one is probably my absolute favorite after the band you see here because i love
bollywood and look at the dancers. i love this video. the improve everywhere do the funniest things. >> what if you really had to go? i would have meed my pants. >> you would have been so surprised. >> i love some good music. i love some marvin gaye. but this i did not expect. take a look. ♪ i've been really trying baby trying to hold back the feeling for so long ♪ >> this is a puppeteer who just decided we have not seen marvin gaye perform like this with a giraffe puppet on top of his head. >> it moves pretty well. >> performing "let's get it on." it's gotten a lot of views so far. the funny hinge is it started a stampede where there are like zoo animals started howling
after they heard this. >> no, i love it though. i think it's hilarious into does get you in the mood. >> the lip syncing is way better than most karaoke that people do in new york city. >> moving on to corvette versus human cannonball from the chevrolet mexico youtube channel. it's a creative way mixing together man and machine. who will win? >> hmm. >> i would assume that the man? >> corvette goes around. >> okay. >> and then the human is going to be spit out of that cannonball. boom going down. going down. the human being bounced. i should say this is not a real stunt. it was computer generated. the idea behind the spot is to used pdr, performance data recorder in the corvette. the latest model of the corvette. it triggers the canon ball and the safety net you see there too. >> everything is bigger in texas. look at this water slide, 100 feet tall. huge.
>> this morning on "world news now," deadly storms slamming the east coast overnight after a rampage of destruction in the midwest. the path of damage and which areas are in the danger zone later today. >> carolina uproar. new video of the charleston massacre suspect in a police take-down and the battle over the confederate flag new action against what's called a symbol of hate. >> cheap living in the land of pricey real estate. the house that can be yours free of charge. wait until you hear the catch. >> and later selecting a super hero. the latest actor to play spiderman. the huge money making movie franchise. who is getting this major role and will fans like him. that's in "the skinny" on this wednesday, june 24th. captions paid for by abc, inc.
from abc news, this is "world news now." >> very good morning on this wednesday. i'm reena ninan. >> i'm kendis gibson on this wednesday. and this month has flown by. >> i feel like summer's almost over and it just started. >> it just started. it's all downhill from here, folks. we'll get started with the destructive storms that seem to come during the summer months of course, across the east right now, now blamed for the death of a maryland woman whose car hit a power line. the storms toppled trees and power lines. more than a million people lost power. airports canceled hundreds of flights and amtrak shut down service on its busiest line. and at the jersey shore, this video catching the moment the fierce wind hit kicking up waves, rocking boats, sending debris swirling into the air. it all started with tornados and with illinois. here's abc's alex perez. >> look at, look at. >> frightening tornadoes ripping
through parts of illinois in minutes. in hard hit coal city, the reality setting in. it was about 10:00 monday night when the storm roared in. >> we've had significant damage throughout the whole town here. >> reporter: entire blocks in this town of about 5500 decimated. >> cars upside down. trees on houses. >> ken and hillary houston scrambling to the crawl space of their home for safety. >> all the glass exploded like a big vacuum and our ears popped and boom. >> when they emerged the roof gone. >> still a little bit in shock. >> the national weather service confirming at least five tornadoes including two ef-2 twisters. packing 130-mile-an-hour winds. here in coal city, it's the second damaging tornado in less than two years. rescue crews worked through the night. >> several people trapped in a house. gas main has ruptured.
>> getting all residents to safety. >> it's a miracle when you see the devastation there was no deaths. >> there are many homes just like this one inside a complete disaster. when you take a look from the outside, even worst. the roof completely peeled away, debris everywhere. the clean-up will take awhile but it's already under way. alex perez, abc news, coal city, illinois. >> those images so hard to watch. people's homes destroyed and the hard hit areas of the midwest are not getting a break. more storms again on their way today. >> while the northeast saw spectacular sunsets. take a look at this. beautiful. before last night's storm warnings, molly cochran is tracking the extreme weather for us. >> thanks, kendis and reena. now for wednesday, we have the threat for severe storms into chicago by the evening hours. isolated tornadoes, damaging winds and flash flooding. some of the main impacts in the suburbs of chicago have seen their fair share of severe weather over the past couple days. a tornado touched down in coal city leaving behind significant damage.
want to be very careful. across the deep south, the heat is on. temperatures and accuweather real feels once again into the triple digits from wednesday afternoon from atlanta to jacksonville including raleigh, as well. the northeast is clearing out. beautiful conditions for the middle half of the workweek from d.c. into new york city. kendis and reena, back to you. >> a different situation on the west coast. it's getting hotter in the west, raising the fire danger even more. northern california's washington fire doubled in size on tuesday alone. firefighters lost ground to gusty winds and steep terrain. neighbors are on stand by to evacuate. the fire now covers more than 25 square miles in national park land near it the nevada state line. >> an emotional day expected in a boston courtroom as dzhokhar tsarnaev was sentenced to death.
tsarnaev will have a chance to speak but no word if he will. he will eventually be taken to death row at the federal penitentiary in indiana. that's where timothy mcveigh was held before his execution. the strong storms hitting the northeast are slowing down the search for two escaped prisoners in new york. that search still centered on a hunting camp about 20 miles from the prison. prosecutors now say the prison employee joyce mitchell smuggled hacksaw blades and other items to the men. those weapons were hidden in hamburgers. >> now to the massacre in charleston. the debate over the confederate flag coming to a head in south carolina and across much of the country. those developments as new footage shows accused killer dylann roof taken into custody. more from abc's linsey davis. >> this new video of police closing in on the most wanted man in america, guns drawn, they approach his car. he's been on the run for roughly 13 hours now, his picture
plastered across tv screens. >> confirmed it is the suspect from charleston shooting. >> dylann roof doesn't struggle as they pull him out, handcuff him and pat him down. inside the car a pillow covering a glock .45 handgun. the 21-year-old led away loaded in a police cruiser, >> i'm en route with that subject. >> officers then taking a moment to celebrate with fist bumps and high fives and now roof seen in pictures proudly waving the confederate flag has renewed the debate whether it should still fly on grounds of the state capitol. >> take it down, take it down. >> hundreds rally to take it down. the governor agrees. state legislature now taking the first step. but not everyone is on board. one state senator telling me lawmakers already dealt with the flag issue years ago when this -- they voted to remove it from the top of the capitol dome. >> that issue's been settled. it was settled in compromise. the flag was moved from the dome to there, that's that.
settled. >> but sometimes things have to be revisited though, right? >> listen, when the legislature took this up and settled it, it was settled in my book. okay? thank you so much. >> thank you. >> it's unclear just how many lawmakers will agree with him. but outside south carolina, things are changing. walmart, sears, ebay, etsy and now amazon all announcing they will no longer sell merchandise with the stars and bars. on tuesday, demand for the confederate flag on amazon spiked with sales for one flag up nearly 9,000%. linsey davis, columbia, south carolina. >> the white house is changing its policy on families whose loved ones are being held hostage by terrorists. until now, family members faced prosecution if they negotiated directly with the captors or tried to pay ransom. the change is part of a major review of who is damage guidelines by the white house. which will be released later today. >> tough words on capitol hill directed at the auto safety agency. some senators calling the federal agency inept during a
senate commerce committee hearing on exploding air bags. democrats saved some of their nastiest comments for the national highway traffic safety administration. they say it has quoting here blatant incompetent management and is too cozy with auto maeshs and parts manufacturers. get this, facebook is now worth more than walmart. the social network's rise in stock value has now pushed the giant retailer out of the top ten companies. only $4 billion separates the two companies, and the switch in position is really symbolic, but it does show how much investors love tech stocks. >> facebook not going away. one interesting real estate deal offer right now in oakland, california. this small house is free. but the new owner must agree to move in -- move it off its current lot. you get the house, not the property. it's owned by the oakland children's hospital and the house is currently home to some administrative offices. the hospital wants it moved so it can go forward with an expansion project.
>> this was a cherished house, and our staff who have worked there and everyone at the hospital does feel a real kinship to this house. so we hate to see it demolished. >> hospital staffer promising to kick in $20,000 to help with moving the house. the former owner refused to move even as the hospital's buildings went up. >> clearly. >> the hospital bought the house and then the property when the former owner died 13 years ago. look at that house. >> you can see one of those not like the others at all in that neighborhood there. >> i'll split it with you 50/50. 50,000 pieces probably. >> further up the west coast in seattle, one guy says that he is prepared to fight for what he thinks is right. but the police say what he's been doing is illegal. >> daniel gelky scribed cops ahead on the top of a storage container and stood at the side of a road warning drivers police were nearby handing out tickets.
>> he was recording when an officer gave him a ticket for holding a forbidden device. that will cost him $138. but gelky says he plans to fight it. >> apparently seattle has a code that outlaws any sign or device bearing any word like danger, slow, stop, it's likely to be construed as warnings for regulating traffic. >> so basically anything that you get on the waze app, they're trying to ban. >> i didn't think about that. waze is the way to go. waze tells you all of that. cops ahead, slow down. >> i do like it. >> your baby mama's coming up. >> that's a weird one. >> coming up in "the skinny," imagine being on the same tv show day in and day out for nearly a decade. one veteran actor says it's time to quit. >> and also ahead, separating fact from fiction when it comes to the customer product reviews posted on amazon.com. who's demanding the truth. >> later after a long career, janet jackson singing and
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poster. ♪ >> she's had nine lives as a singer, actress and performer. michael's little sister, a youth on "different strokes" and bursting into music stardom on her own terms in 1986 with "control." new hits. millions of fans devoted citizens of her rhythm nation. she weres much beloved in the wake of later moments both controversial and poignant. 2004's bizarre nipple gate incident, comforting a distraught paris jackson at michael's memorial. ♪ now at 49, janet's back once again with cowriter/producers jimmy jam and terry lewis dropping a new track "no sleep." yes three es on monday and tweeting i dedicate this to my love. it's her first single in seven years. first song from an upcoming album.
>> it's very alluring and janet but not a dated sound. it's very -- it fits what's going on today. >> this sunday she'll reappear on stage at the b.e.t. awards. ♪ i want to be the one in control ♪ >> and she's set to kick off her 36-day unbreakable tour in august to bring another chance for her rhythm nation to rally in support. chris connelly, abc news, los angeles. >> what do you think the chances are we could convince janet jackson to let us use her no sleep song as our theme music? >> it would be the reality of this case. >> we would probably be bankrupt. >> 25 years since janet hit the scene. >> 160 million records worldwide. this sunday, b.e.t., the -- she's going to get the ultimate icon award. >> fun to watch. don't miss our updates on facebook. >> this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs.
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